Friday, April 17, 2009

Wisconsin Driving

On the drive up to Taylors Katie and I kept on noticing large animal statues on the side of the road. At each one, Katie would proceed to freak out a tiny bit, get really excited and insist that we stop on the way back to take a picture with said animal statue. After a little prodding I got into it and figured that we'd stop at three exits on the way back to take pictures with the animals. Hell, I figured it'd break up the drive a little bit. I had no clue how many we would actually find. I'm still is some amount of shock about it. Wisconsin is an interesting state, to say the least.

Katie and the Tin Man, just outside of Taylors Falls, at a Junk Yard, I think.

One of my personal favorites. The cul-de-sac with a stop sign. Love it!

Katie feeling up the giant Cowboy Mouse near Tomah. Mind you that this "welcome" sign is two plus hours from ANY Wisconsin border.

And the backside, for anyone who was wondering...

For those of you that don't know, the Cow Pie is a chocolate-y treat.

These next few are all from a furniture store in between Baraboo and the Dells. Yup, that's a bear with a gun.

And a Moose......

Katie isn't quite that small. I actually think this bed may be bigger than our current apartment. Scary.

Another Bear and another Moose just for good measure.

We found this little guy by accident when we got off the highway for a Dairy Queen. No wonder I don't climb any harder than I do.

The Tilt-A-House nearby Portage. Many thanks to Katie for seeing this one at 70 MPH on the highway. Almost missed it!

How could you possibly guess what's coming next?

Yup, a giant Elephant with eyeglasses....

At a Citgo, nonetheless.

And then we took a wrong turn and didn't get back on the highway. What should we find?? A big ol' cow at a cheese haus. Obviously.

Hard sit start on the udders to a brutal topout over the slopey bulge.

And there you have it. Mind you, this is WITHOUT stopping at another exit in Black River Falls that would have gotten us another 3-4 giant animals as well. I wrote down the wrong exit number. Oh well.

We're heading to Governor Dodge tomorrow if the weather holds off. Should be good.


  1. The anticipation that was building up as I scrolled hoping to see the pink elephant was incredible. Thanks for not disappointing.

  2. I aim to please Brian. There's really no way I could do this post without it. It's a wisconsin landmark.

  3. Great post. Funny thing, I have pics of myself and a former girlfriend (actually we were both cheating on our respective S.O.'s with each other) from high school in front of both the Tin Man and the Pink Elephant. Recently (like a couple years ago) found the pics again, great memories. SteveZ and I are planning to go out tomorrow am, not sure it will be roped up at the Dodge or the Lake, if Dodge, maybe see you there. CE

  4. Yeah, we'll probably be out at deer cove(at least that's what I call it) trying to finish some of last falls projects up. I hope the weather holds!!

  5. Yeah 20% rain after 1pm, seems like pretty good odds! Plus if you are doing Illusions you should stay dry! CE

    apparently this is just south of the lake, and is the largest scrap metal sculpture in the world.

  7. Yes!!! I've been there actually and it's way cool!! I've tried taking people back there but the gate has always been closed. It's definitely worth the side trip. Very very cool.